Tom Williams has been a staff photographer for Roll Call since 2000 where he started as a photo intern. He has covered numerous national party conventions, races for House and Senate seats, and the Gulf Coast oil spill. He started taking pictures at 16 years old and his grandfather was one of his primary subjects. Today, friends and family remain an inspiration for his photographs. He is from Tunkhannock, Pa., and holds to two B.A. degrees from Penn State University. His favorite photographer is Henri Cartier-Bresson and favorite musician is Bob Dylan.
Stories by Tom Williams:
Oct. 21, 2014
There are many competitive photographers in D.C. I’ve learned from guys such as Stephen Crowley of The New York Times, Win McNamee of Getty and The Associated Press’ J. Scott Applewhite since I came here as an intern with six months of experience at my college newspaper. They don’t need to be the closest or most aggressive. They put some elements together, capture a moment, or catch a piece of light that will tie a picture together. Colleagues I respect will always try to be aware of where the other shooters are in a crowd and flash a “You OK?” look when they are close to being in your frame. I try to operate this way, too, but sometimes it can be difficult on the road.
Aug. 19, 2014
On Aug. 14, I was in St. Louis with reporter Emily Cahn waiting to fly back to D.C. the next day. I knew about the protests in Ferguson and thought about going, but I had to file pictures from the Illinois State Fair and had little storage space on my computer after nine days in the Midwest for our Roll Call on the Road project.
Aug. 14, 2014
I attended the Iowa State Fair last week with Roll Call Politics Reporter Alexis Levinson to cover the Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. The candidates running for the seat are Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican state Senator Joni Ernst. I’ve have enjoyed taking photos of politicians at the fair in the past, but it proved tricky this time with the volume of people following them.
July 15, 2014
Although it seems there’s not much to these pictures, it is a major victory in the effort to photograph the back-to-back weekly news conferences of Speaker John A. Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the Hill.
June 16, 2014
When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor unexpectedly lost his primary, I knew the next day would be a media zoo on Capitol Hill.
June 3, 2014
This trip through Mississippi had a lot of challenges. Missing candidates, late schedules and zealous handlers can make it tough to get informative and creative images, and this swing through the Magnolia State might have generated more stories than art.
May 23, 2014
I had the privilege of photographing some World War II vets this week. One 98-year-old gentleman was a co-pilot in the initial bombing runs over Japan. He was retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, a member of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, who is originally from Ohio. The Raiders were B-25 bomber pilots who volunteered for the first offense action against Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
May 16, 2014
People were very emotional at the first Peace Officer Memorial after 9/11. The thing I remember is that Ofc. Molina held her salute throughout the reading of the New York officers killed in the attacks, with the majority being from the Port Authority and the NYPD. Most put their hands down at some point. I kept thinking she physically couldn’t keep her arm up because it would be impossible to hold — but she did.
May 13, 2014
The West Virginia House and Senate campaigns officially start after the primary elections on Tuesday. I was sent to cover some of the candidates in April and caught some great moments.
May 9, 2014
I was in the Capitol on Wednesday, making my way to the House side for an event. I decided to walk across the East Front — just in case I ran into something. It would have been just as easy to walk inside, but you never know what you’re going to find outside. There was a big group gathered on House steps with members of Congress talking and taking pictures. I saw some stylish women and I thought they might be famous, so I stopped to inquire. They weren’t, but I was told that there were former pro athletes in the group so I knew that would make a picture if I could cut though the people milling about, get to the principles and line it up.
March 3, 2014
Getting bored on your snow day? Check out the top photos from last week, Feb. 24-28.
Jan. 29, 2014
We’d love your suggestions for a caption to go with this classic moment of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., captured right before Tuesday’s State of the Union address by CQ Roll Call photographer Tom Williams. Leave you caption in the comments below or tweet us @rollcall.
Jan. 29, 2014
Enjoy the below slideshow that documents memorable moments from the 2014 State of the Union captured by CQ Roll Call photographers Bill Clark and Tom Williams.
Jan. 27, 2014
Check out some of the best moments from previous State of the Union addresses captured by CQ Roll Call photographers.
Sept. 2, 2011
I took the photograph in the evening. I was waiting for the light to get nice at the Pentagon Memorial and there werent that many people around.